What is Abdominal Ultrasound?

The abdominal ultrasound scan is a diagnostic test which obtains images  of theabdominal organs, being able to evaluate abdominal organs such liver, gallbladder and biliary tract, páncreas, spleen and kidneys. The same way, during exploration, intestinal tract and pelvic organs can be observed. Abdominal ultrasound is also able to explore abdominal Wall.

The abdominal ultrasound scan is a rapid diagnostic test, completely painless, without contraindications. It can be performed even to children and to pregnant women, since it uses neither radiation nor electromagnetic fields. The way its indications are multiple, abdominal ultrasound is considered to be a fundamental complementary diagnostic tool in a gastrointestinal diseases department.

Preparation

The patient does not need an exhaustive preparation in order to perform abdominal ultrasound. The only requisite recommended is to fast several hours prior to the test in order to evaluate organs like the gallbladder, and also to avoid interposition of intestinal gas during the digestión period.

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